Listen to yourself. Like when you are thinking or talking about your health. And especially when you catch yourself getting in your own way with a comment like:
“This diet is ridiculous. Nobody should have to live this way.”
“I’m taking the medicine. Isn’t that enough?”
“I am fine. I don’t need to see a doctor.”
Where is that voice coming from? Does it remind you of someone in your past? Like one of your parents?
Think back to when you were growing up. How did your parents manage their own health? How did they manage the health of their children?
I came from one of those homes where Mom went to the doctor when she needed to but Dad didn’t. Fortunately for me, Mom was in charge of family health decisions. But when it came time to follow the doctor’s orders… let’s just say that my role models for being compliant weren’t always very compliant. I definitely have had to unlearn that habit.
On the other hand, my grandmother had all kinds of home remedies she would encourage us to try. Like the time I had wart on my hand and she instructed my mother to put raw bacon under the eaves trough (rain gutter) of our house to make it go away. I can’t remember if we tried that one, so I can’t tell you whether it works or not.
I wrote an article last month about learning and unlearning our parent’s health habits. Here’s a link: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-infor...
What about you? Any lessons about health that you have carried into adulthood? Any that you have had to unlearn?
Was there some folk medicine in use at home when you were growing up? And have you held onto any of those practices? Or talked your parents out of them?
Did you change your own health habits as your parents grew older, and you saw how their own health habits – the good ones and the not so good ones – affected them over time? Were they good role models for you?
Looking forward to hearing about your experiences!
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